P. A. SEITTS PRESERVE at GO JOHN CANYON
|Lou Menk Trail|
I recently hiked with steward Ronnie W. and learned quite a lot about about the geology, plants and human history of the area. The main attraction is the Lou Menk Trail. Open only to hikers and dogs on leash, the short lollipop loop trail gives an excellent overview of the preserve. At the high point of the trail, there's a bench where stewards will stop and describe points of interest. The Slate Trail passes through a sandy wash and mesquite bosque and crosses Cave Creek before heading west to Cave Creek Regional Park. Also within the preserve is old Cave Creek Cemetery (1893-1935) where the remains of 30 early settlers can now rest undisturbed in perpetuity.
Lou Menk Trail: 0.6 roundtrip (hikers only)
Slate Trail: 2.2 one way (0.6 in the preserve)
Legacy Trail: 0.8 in preserve
Cave Creek Cemetery: 0.3
Various access trails & spur trails:
ELEVATION: 1,950' – 2,000'
KID FRIENDLY: yes
DOGS: must be on leash and handlers must pack out droppings
From Phoenix, go north on I17 to Carefree Highway (AZ74) exit. Go east (right) and continue 10 miles to Cave Creek Road. Turn north (left) and go 0.6 mile to New River Road, turn west (left) and go 0.4 mile to Creek Canyon/Cloud Road. Turn north (right) and go 0.4 mile to the corner of 52nd Street and Creek Canyon---the access gate is on the north side of the intersection.
INFO: Desert Foothills Land Trust